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The Ultimate Muay Thai Guide to the Right Cross

This guide will teach you an essential muay thai weapon – the right cross! Some of the most devastating fighters in the sport utilize this technique to get a lot of knockouts. The right cross is an essential component of muay thai. Along with the jab, the cross is the most utilized punch that you will see in muay thai competitions. If you want to get better at muay thai, it is essential that you know how to throw the right cross effectively. Right Cross Theory The right cross is often known as the power shot. You generate the...

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The Perfect Spinning Back Elbow KO

The spinning elbow is a Muay Thai technique that can change the outcome of a fight. If you are able to set up the spinning elbow correctly, it can be extremely difficult to avoid. This is the favorite technique among many fight fans because of its precision and skill required to land it. In the past few weeks there have been a number of good Thai fighters being KOed from spinning elbows. While it takes a bit of luck to land the perfect spinning elbow, you will never land them if you don’t practice them. This fight between Chanajon PK SaenchaiMuayThaiGym vs Naimjon Tuhtaboev showcased one of the best spinning elbow...

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6 Highly Effective Low Kick Combinations for Muay Thai

Low kicks are one of the most feared weapons in Muay Thai because of the pain they inflict. It is quite common to see someone limping around for a few days after a few well placed leg kicks in training. An effective low kick can change the outcome of a fight. Damaging an opponent’s legs will change their fighting style, making them more defensive throughout the course of the fight. While every fighter should have a diverse arsenal of attacks at their disposal, the low kick is one of the most effective tools that can be used. Disclaimer: I am not responsible...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Spinning Back Elbow (Sok Klap)

What is the Spinning Back Elbow? The Spinning Elbow (also called Spinning Back Elbow or in Thai, Sok klap /ศอกกลับ) is an exotic technique that can be as dangerous as it is crowd-pleasing. This elbow strike comes at an unconventional angle, making it difficult to defend against since it can take you completely by surprise. However, it will only land if you line up the distance and timing perfectly. The Spinning Elbow is best used after a fake attack, as the last strike in a combo, or when the opponent has no room to jump away (say up against the ropes). Somark Khamsing well famous for using spinning elbows in his fights: How To Throw The Spinning Elbow There is quite a bit of variation and choice when it comes to throwing a spinning elbow. Orthodox fighters will throw the spinning elbow with their right arm and Southpaw fighters will throw it with their left arm. In addition, you have a choice of a close version with your body angled downward or a longer-distance version which has your body not dipped downward. Rear Spinning Elbow vs Front Spinning Elbow You can throw the spinning elbow with the rear or front elbow though the most common implementation is to utilize the rear elbow as it’s much quicker than using the front elbow to strike. If you want to strike with...

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The Ultimate Guide to the Backwards Elbow (Sok Kratong)

What is the Backwards Elbow? Sok  Kratoong is another rarely used elbow that can take your opponent by surprise due to the unusual angle of it’s strike (and the fact that it’s rarely used in matches so your opponent won’t likely expect it). Because it’s harder to generate force with this elbow due to the angle, the Backwards Elbow is best used as your opponent comes forward (which gives the strike more power) or as they cover up you step forward and execute the Sok Kratong. The target area is the front of the face/chin. If you land it right, you can KO your opponent. Look at Anderson Silva pull off a KO with a beautifully executed Backwards Elbow from a southpaw stance. Notice how his stance is almost sidways and he thrusts the tip of his elbow upwards WHILE his opponent has his hands up. The strike can be thrown from either your leading arm (left if you are orthodox) or your rear arm (right arm if you are orthodox); however, it’s usually thrown with the leading/front elbow because the distance to your opponent is less; if you execute this strike from your rear elbow, you will have to step from an orthodox stance into a sideways southpaw stance, which will take more time to implement. Samrok Kamsing was famous for using this technique effectively in his matches,...

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